"Jugaad Innovation is the most comprehensive book yet to appear on the subject [of frugal innovation]." —The Economist
A frugal and flexible approach to innovation for the 21st century
Innovation is a key directive at companies worldwide. But in these tough times, we can't rely on the old formula that has sustained innovation efforts for decades—expensive R&D projects and highly-structured innovation processes. Jugaad Innovation argues the West must look to places like India, Brazil, and China for a new approach to frugal and flexible innovation. The authors show how in these emerging markets, jugaad (a Hindi word meaning an improvised solution born from ingenuity and cleverness) is leading to dramatic growth and how Western companies can adopt jugaad innovation to succeed in our hypercompetitive world.
- Outlines the six principles of jugaad innovation: Seek opportunity in adversity, do more with less, think and act flexibly, keep it simple, include the margin, and follow your heart
- Features twenty case studies on large corporations from around the world—Google, Facebook, 3M, Apple, Best Buy, GE, IBM, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Tata Group, and more—that are actively practicing jugaad innovation
- The authors blog regularly at Harvard Business Review; their work has been profiled in BusinessWeek, MIT Sloan Management Review, The Financial Times, The Economist, and more
- Filled with previously untold and engaging stories of resourceful jugaad innovators and entrepreneurs in emerging markets and the United States
This groundbreaking book shows leaders everywhere why the time is right for jugaad to emerge as a powerful business tool in the West—and how to bring jugaad practices to their organizations.
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About the Author
Navi Radjou is an independent innovation and leadership consultant based in Palo Alto, California, and a fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
Jaideep Prabhu is Jawaharlal Nehru professor of Indian business and enterprise and director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
Simone Ahuja is the founder of Blood Orange, a marketing and strategy consultancy with content production capabilities headquartered in Minneapolis and Mumbai.
Table of Contents
Foreword ix by Kevin Roberts CEO Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi
1 Jugaad: A Breakthrough Growth Strategy 1
2 Principle One: Seek Opportunity in Adversity 29
3 Principle Two: Do More with Less 57
4 Principle Three: Think and Act Flexibly 85
5 Principle Four: Keep It Simple 109
6 Principle Five: Include the Margin 131
7 Principle Six: Follow Your Heart 159
8 Integrating Jugaad into Your Organization 181
9 Building Jugaad Nations 201
About the Authors 261